Ferns and Trees Ferns
Among the Earth's most ancient plants, ideal for moist shade
Ferns and tree ferns belong to an ancient family of plants, one of the most ancient on the plant in fact. Beloved for their stunning structures and lush green foliage, they generally grow best in moist and /or shady areas. This can come in handy for those of us with north-facing gardens.
Ferns and tree ferns alike tend to thrive out of the sun, having originally had a natural forest habitat where large trees acted as a canopy to block out the sunlight. The large luscious leaves associated with ferns evolved to help them cope with growing in the shade.
If your garden or an area of your garden is in the shade, then it is worth taking the time to explore the possibilities offered by ferns and tree ferns. Ferns can create a mass of beautiful green foliage in striking shades and shapes, even in the darkest corners of your garden.
Ferns group very well with each other or with other plants. Combine them with Hostas and Japanese Maple to create a leafy oasis with an architecturally interesting structure.
At Paramount Plant & Garden Centre, tree ferns are a speciality. We stock a good range in varying sizes. Some have specific soil preference, some are hardier than others. Whatever your requirements, we can help you select the best fern or tree fern for your situation. We do have many hardy ferns for sale that will survive winter frosts – including a range of native hardies.
Highlights from our collection include the Tasmanian Tree Fern, which we stock in heights of up to 3 metres, ready for planting! Read our Blog on Dicksonia Antarctica. Also very popular is the Japanese Tassel Fern.